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Wagner's great-granddaughter abandons festival dream

Frankfurt Am Main - Nike Wagner, great-granddaughter of legendary German opera composer Richard Wagner, on Tuesday said she had given up hope of ever directing the annual Bayreuth festival dedicated to his works.

Security fears loom over Bayreuth opera fest

Frankfurt - Germany's legendary Bayreuth opera festival dedicated to the works of Richard Wagner opens Monday, but security fears and off-stage drama threaten to cast a long shadow over the 140-year-old event.

Premiere of 'Tristan and Isolde' scores hit at Bayreuth Festival

Bayreuth - A brand-new production of Richard Wagner's opera "Tristan and Isolde" by the composer's great-granddaughter was warmly received at its premiere on Saturday, marking the start of this year's legendary Bayreuth Festival.

Wagner legend is brought to life by a fast-rising star Special

Toronto - New Jersey native Christine Goerke may be making her role debut as a legendary Wagner heroine soon, but she's still a tweeting, Skyping wife and mom who thinks size has nothing to do with sex appeal.

The Canadian Opera Company balances old and new Special

Toronto - The Canadian Opera Company moves into daring territory with its 2015-2016 season, announced this past week. A mix of old favorites and new works dominates a season characterized by bold new choices and old favorites.

Wagner picked for team event ahead of Gold

Ashley Wagner was picked ahead of U.S. Nationals champion Gracie Gold to compete in the women's short program of the team event at the Sochi Games, U.S. Figure Skating said on Friday.

Wagner gambles on 'vicious' new routine

Controversially gifted a spot on the U.S.

American Wagner gambles on 'vicious' new program in Sochi

Controversially gifted a spot on the U.S. Olympic figure skating team despite an error-strewn performance at the national championships, Ashley Wagner decided only radical change would give her shot at the podium in Sochi.

The Canadian Opera Company: Something old, plenty new Special

Toronto - The Canadian Opera Company announced its 2014-2015 season in a splashy evening event at the Four Seasons Center Wednesday night in Toronto.

Royal Opera House 2013/2014 season: New, old, bold and beloved

London - The Royal Opera House recently announced their 2013-2014 season. Among the highlights are seven new productions, a celebration of the 150th birthday of Richard Strauss, and live cinema broadcasts transmission from September through to June 2014.

Next up at the Met: Levine, Russians, The Nose (but no Wagner)

New York - The 2013-2014 Metropolitan Opera season has been announced. With six new productions, twenty revivals, and the return of James Levine, it'll be a season worth watching. General Director Peter Gelb just hopes you do some of that watching in person.

The Met Aims To Please Purists And Newbies Alike

New York - The Metropolitan Opera's 2012-2013 season is characterized by revivals, re-envisionings, and remembrances, including celebrations of two operatic giants.

This Year's Bayreuth Bereft Of Back-Stage Bickering

BAYREUTH, Germany (dpa) - The curtain has now gone up on a 91st Bayreuth Festival characteristically overflowing with the glitterati but uncharacteristically lacking in squabbling and speculation over Wolfgang Wagner's possible successors.Critics and p...

Bayreuth Faces Financial Uncertainties

BAYREUTH (dpa) - The dispute over who will succeed Wolfgang Wagner as head of the Richard Wagner opera festival has long kept another issue about the festival's future in the background - finances. Two and a half years after the Social Democrat-G...

Conductor To Perform German Music

BERLIN — Conductor Daniel Barenboim, whose plan to perform music by German composer Richard Wagner in Israel has stirred opposition, says going ahead with the concert would be a sign of Israeli tolerance. In an article published Saturday by a Germa..

Wolfgang Wagner Remains Defiant In Bayreuth Dispute

BAYREUTH, Germany (dpa) - Nearly two years since the start of an attempt to engineer the succession to Wolfgang Wagner as head of the Richard Wagner Opera Festival, everything now appears to be in ruins.The situation remains as it has always been: the ...
 

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Clifton Forbis as Siegmund in the Canadian Opera Company s 2006 production of Die Walküre.
Clifton Forbis as Siegmund in the Canadian Opera Company's 2006 production of Die Walküre.
Gary Beechey
Johan Reuter as Wotan and Christine Goerke as Brünnhilde in the Canadian Opera Company production o...
Johan Reuter as Wotan and Christine Goerke as Brünnhilde in the Canadian Opera Company production of 'Die Walküre', 2015.
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A scene from the Canadian Opera Company production of  Die Walküre   2015.
A scene from the Canadian Opera Company production of 'Die Walküre', 2015.
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Christine Goerke as Brünnhilde and Clifton Forbis as Siegmund in the Canadian Opera Company product...
Christine Goerke as Brünnhilde and Clifton Forbis as Siegmund in the Canadian Opera Company production of 'Die Walküre', 2015.
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Christine Goerke as Brünnhilde in the Canadian Opera Company production of  Die Walküre   2015. Co...
Christine Goerke as Brünnhilde in the Canadian Opera Company production of 'Die Walküre', 2015. Conductor Johannes Debus, director Atom Egoyan, set and costume designer Michael Levine, and lighting designer David Finn.
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